One week after the boys had their turn in the spotlight, the fifth- and sixth-grade girls were to tighten up their sneakers and prepare for their second annual Rockland Harbor YMCA Invitational Tournament, slated for Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14 at the Flanagan Community Center.

However, that youth travel basketball event has been cancelled due to the ongoing health concerns over COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

Benjie Blake, tournament director, said "with the rapidly changing environment concerning the coronavirus" he has reversed course for the tourney.

"Adhering to the governor's request to cancel all large group gatherings the YMCA has decided to not put the public unnecessarily at risk and cancel our 2020 girls tournament. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes but I hope you understand our decision."

Teams from Medomak Valley, Belfast, Gardiner, Mount View and Dexter were slated to participate.

Each team was to be guaranteed at least three games in the tourney.

The event was to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with Medomak Valley versus Belfast, with the winner of that game to advance to face Dexter at 11:30 a.m. The second game of the tournament will feature Mount View and Gardiner at 10:15 a.m.

From there, four more games were to be played Saturday (12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m) and potentially four more games Sunday (9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and, if necessary, 1 p.m.), with the championship game set for 11:30 a.m. and an “if necessary” game to follow at 1 p.m.

The tourney also was to feature lunchtime festivities on Saturday at 2 p.m., as select players participated in various competitions.

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